Alastair Aitken reports on .......
|JIM McNAMARA an IRISH LEGEND (May 2013)|
|Mike Gratton Looks Back (April 2013)|
|Aldershot Champions Again (April 2013)|
|NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY (April 2013)|
|VICTORIA PARK WOMEN'S RACE (April 2013)|
|VICTORIA PARK 5 WITH MARTIN & HICKEY (April 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part Three (March 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part Two (March 2013)|
|World Trial and Inter-Counties Part One (March 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part Three (February 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part Two (February 2013)|
|Southern Cross Country Champs - Part One (February 2013)|
|MIDDLESEX CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (January 2013)|
|HARRY TEMPAN RETIRES AT 87 (December 2012)|
|Running Still - 133 years of Highgate Harriers (August 2012)|
|FRANK SANDO (14/3/31 - 13/10/12)|
|GREG RICHARDS (October 2012)|
|THE MIDDLESEX & OPEN 10K (September 2012)|
|NINA ANDERSON (September 2012)|
|MO FARAH - HIS BREAKTHROUGH YEARS (August 2012)|
|WILLIAM SHARMAN (August 2012)|
|DWAIN CHAMBERS (August 2012)|
|JOB KINYOR from Kenya (JULY 2012)|
|CHRIS TOMLINSON (July 2012)|
|ARIES MERRITT (July 2012)|
|TYSON GAY in London (July 2012)|
|CHRISTIAN TAYLOR TRIPLE JUMP WORLD CHAMPION 2011 (JULY 2012)|
|DON TAYLOR (1936 TO 2012)|
|THE MAN WHO CHANGED 10,000m RUNNING HISTORY (JULY 2012)|
|THE LAST TWO BRITISH OLYMPIC WALK MEDALLISTS (July 2012)|
|JIM RYUN with MARTY LIQUORI and JOHN WHETTON (JUNE 2012)|
|TWO OF THE GREATEST OLYMPIC THROWERS - JANIS LUSIS and AL OERTER (JUNE 2012)|
|BASIL HEATLEY THE GREAT ROAD/CC/TRACK RUNNER (MAY 2012)|
|RON RODDAN COACH TO A 1992 OLYMPIC CHAMPION (MAY 2012)|
|BRONISLAW MALINOWSKI STEEPLECHASER '1960's to 81' (MAY 2012)|
|GASTON ROELANTS 'THE STEEPLECHASER OF THE 1960'S' (APRIL 2012)|
|JOHN DISLEY THE UK'S OUSTANDING STEEPLECHASER OF THE 1950'S|
|MEN'S NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAY (April 2012)|
|Women's National 6 Stage Road Relay (April 2012)|
|THE 46th VICTORIA PARK '5' (April 2012)|
|SIX OUTSTANDING OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS- 800m to 10000m (APRIL 2012)|
|EIGHT AFRICAN OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS (March 2012)|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 3|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 2|
|McCain UK Inter Counties & UK Challenge 2012 - part 1|
|THE ENGLISH NATIONAL 2012 - part 2|
|THE ENGLISH NATIONAL 2012 - part 1|
|THE LATE BMC COACH FRANK HORWILL (FEBRUARY 2012)|
|SEAA Cross Country Championships - Juniors (January 2012)|
|SEAA Women's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)|
|SEAA Senior Men's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)|
|Six Olympic 110 Hurdles Champions Talking (January 2012)|
|CHRIS FINILL'S RUN ACROSS AMERICA IN 2011 (January 2012)|
|'HUSTLING HERB' ONE OF THE FIRST JAMAICAN OLYMPIANS (January 2012)|
|SEAA Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships 10/12/11|
|Dick Taylor and Allan Rushmer (60's,70's & 80's)|
|Lynn Davies (Looking back in November 2011)|
|Scott Overall (October 2011)|
|Keith Gerrard (October 2011)|
|National Six Stage Relays (October 2011)|
|National Four Stage Women's Road Relay (October 2011)|
|David Hemery (1968 & 75, Updated October 2011)|
|Tony Simmons an Underrated 'Star' Performer (September 2011)|
|Kenya's First 'Great' Sprinter - Serapheno Antao|
|The Vets Athletic Club's Championship (August 2011)|
|Mel Batty (August 2011)|
|Tiffany Townsend (August 2011)|
|Coach John Smith (August 2011)|
|Jason Richardson (August 2011)|
|Lisa Dobriskey (August 2011)|
|Mark Lewis-Francis (August 2011)|
|David Rudisha - IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2010|
|David Morwood (June 2011)|
|Rosemary Chrimes - A Star for 40 Years (June 2011)|
|Paul Dickenson Commentator and Athlete (June 2011)|
|Larry Achike (May 2011)|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 3 - SEB COE|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 2 - JOHN WALKER|
|Three of Histories Greatest milers - Part 1 - SYDNEY WOODERSON|
|Three very great curve runners of the past and their views|
|Derek Ibbotson (Interviewed Oct 1962 - updated 2011)|
|Walter Wilkinson (Interviewed Summer 2000)|
|Dave Chapman (Interview Autumn 1998)|
|'Never Say Die' Les Roberts (April 2011)|
|David Cannon (Interview April 2011)|
|Bruce Tulloh (Interviewed April 2011 and September 1962)|
|Geoff Harrold remembered (Born 25/5/39 died 1/4/11)|
|Nick McCormick at the Victoria Park '5' (March 2011)|
|The Victoria Park '5' A World Renown Road Race (March 2011)|
|Bernard Plain MBE (March 2011)|
|South London's Historic Mob Match (March 2011)|
|World Trials and Inter-Counties - report 3 (2011)|
|World Trials and Inter-Counties - report 2 (2011)|
|World Trials, Inter-Counties and Mike McLeod (2011)|
|North of the Thames Championships - Kingsbury (Feb 2011)|
|Memories of Peter Hildreth (1928 - February 26th 2011)|
|Jonny Hay and Richard Goodman at the English National Junior 2011|
|Louise Deman and Hatti Dean at the English National 2011|
|Steve Vernon - English National Champion 2011|
|Chris Smith and Serpentine - Outstanding in the Met League Final (2011)|
|Nielson Hall and others at the the SEAA Championships 2011)|
|Dave Clarke (The Great Runner from Hercules Wimbledon)|
|Chris Finill the Outstanding Ultra Distance Runner|
|Three New Stars at the 'PREMIER LEAGUE' Jo Smith Cup (Sept 2010)|
|Gladys Bird - Woodford Green & Essex Ladies|
|Bob Smith - Newham and Essex Beagles|
|Richard Thompson - August 2010|
|Danielle Carruthers - August 2010|
|Angelo Taylor - August 2010|
|Michael Rimmer - August 2010|
|British M45 javelin record holder Roald Bradstock|
|James Shane with his Coach Martin Brown JUNE 2010|
|Tony Jarrett JUNE 2010|
|Andy Turner Interview JUNE 2010|
ANDREW STEVEN TURNER, I found very amiable. He was born in Nottingham on the 19th of September 1980.
He had great potential as a footballer and rugby player but chose athletics, As he can perform over 100/200 and long jump PB's 10.3/20.93/ and as a junior 7.23 for the long jump therefore, he is a great help to Sale Harriers Manchester as well as to his second claim club Nott's AC. His best time for his speciality the 110 hurdles is 13.2 which he achieved in 2009.Three accolades he obtained should get a mention-3rd Commonwealth Games Melbourne, March, 2006 (13.62); 3rd European Goteborg, August 2006 (13.52-behind winner Stanislav Olijars 13.24) and In the European Super League and European Team Championships in Portugal, in June 2009, he was 1st in 13.42.
His hurdling started with a 'Bang' in 2010, after winning the Nottinghamshire 100/200 he ran 13.39/110 in the street racing in Manchester in May, ahead of Terrence Tramell (USA) and over 200m hurdles he ran 22.30 and beat Bershawn Jackson (USA) 22.53 and Felix Sanchez (Dom) 22.94. He is advised by that successful coach LLoyd Cowan.
Here he talks to Alastair Aitken at Crystal Palace in June
" I was just quick at school. My Dad Malcolm Turner ran the 800 but never broke 2 minutes. He really wanted to and wished he had trained harder. He kind of forced me to go to the track. He wanted me to run. My brother Gary Turner came 4th in the English Schools in 1995. He ran 11.23 as an Under 15, which was quicker than I ran. Then it went from there really with Sports Days.'
' As I say my Dad took me to the track and I fell into hurdles when I was about 14. I went to my first English Schools at 15. Things went from there.(Andy Turner was English Schools and AAA's Under 17 Champion).
Did he follow the careers of 'Great' hurdlers at the time
'I did not really know about athletes on a World stage. I had not really watch anything till Linford's gold medal.
That was the first time I watched any track and field'
' There was a guy out there running at the time called Matthew Clements, he had British records for a young guy. He was running really well and I wanted to try and beat him.He was my target and aim for that age.'
'I never really had the targets to be the best in the World until I was 24 years old.'
' As a junior I struggled with the high hurdles and never thought for a moment that I could make Olympic teams or anything. I was good as an Under 17, as I won the English schools but, when the hurdles were higher I really struggled and in wilderness years I could not even break 16 seconds for the 110's.
I pointed out that Eddy Ottoz was shorter than Andy Turner and very successful (1966-69 European Champion outdoors and three times indoors)
' I really struggled and kept working hard at it and the first major Championships I made was the Olympics 2004. (He ran in the heat). The Olympics in Athens was my first major Championship. I had never been to a European or World Junior Championship or anything. Athens was my first chance and that was where, for the first time, I started to watch people in the World and stuff.
' I admired Colin Jackson but I loved watching Allen Johnson with his technique and I tried to be like him.'
' I know Andy Turner has had problems over the years with his athletics, with some injuries as well but he came through well and appears now to be more relaxed with his running!
' I am a lot different to how I think I was. I used to try too hard, it was bad. This year (2010) I am much more relaxed about it and loving what I am doing. I love getting in the big races and racing the best in the World'
'Manchester did give me a lot of conifidence in my own ability. Beating Terrence Tramell in my first race that was a confidence booster. Even in the 200h--It still doesn't seem real when I race against a World and Olympic Champion at 110 and 400 hurdles. To beat them in a World record in the 200 was kind of surreal. It kind of gave me the confidence to move on now. To compete against the best in the world. I won in Hengelo when Robles was in the field. I think I am more confident in my own ability but more relaxed with it as well.'
What did he do besides athletics or is it a full time job?
" I do train full time but my brother started a Model agency 2 or 3 years ago. He has just moved to Australia so I took over his side of the business. So I Co-Run a Model Agency as well'
'I have got my two little girls as well. When I go home I have no time to think about athletics. You go to work in the day time and I come back and I just love being with my kids and stuff. It relaxes me.'
I said You have got to have faith in yourself?
" You need that self-belief to be able to give everything in the race. With the likes of Robles you know they ar going to get away from you at the start. You have got to be confident in your own ability to stay relaxed and concentrate on your 10 hurdles and run your own race. When you learn that times start to come.'
I did an interview with Robles for Richard Xerri's Runninginlondon.com website and Felix Sanchez was the interpreter. Richard Xerri put a U Tube of Robles on with the interview. Robles was doing his incredible fast exercise with a hudle which was quite something to see. Did Andy do special drills?
' We have certain drills to get my technique tighter and faster over the barriers and stuff. Obviously there is a lot to work on my technique as it is far from perfect. Someone like Robles you can watch his technique all day long and try and learn his technique, as weird as it is. To me he is almost the complete hurdler and you can learn a lot from watching him. He is fluent and effortless'
Would he like to compete for a long time then
' I don't compete for money. I love to do it I don't think I have run as quick as I can. I am not like Robles or Usain Bolt and run a race and earn 100 grand and then sit back and do nothing like. That is not how it is for me. I just enjoy the sport'
Has he enjoyed running for Sale Manchester as well as his second claim club Nott's AC
' Sale are a good club. They help me out when ever they can. They seem very loyal and I enjoy running for them."
|Southern Counties Track & Field Championships at Crystal Palace JUNE 2010|
|The Aldershot National Womens 4 Stage Champions 2010|
|Grenville Tuck Interview (May 2010 and in 1975)|
|The stage winners at the National 12 Stage Relay - Sutton Park - April 2010|
|Anthony Whiteman Interview - April 2010|
|Bill Adcocks Interview - 13th March 2010|
|Wendy Sly Interview - 13th March 2010|
|Peter Clark A Forgotten Hero|
|Dic Evans A Runner for Wales for 45 years interviewed in 2009|
|Douglas Alistair Gorden Pirie (Born Leeds 10th February 1931 Died 7th December 1991)|
|Peter Browne: British Milers Club and Racing Against Ovett and Coe|
|Peter Browne: Born 3rd of February 1949|
|Six of Belgrave's Winning 12 Stage Team|
|Newham & Essex Beagles 6 Stage Winners and Course Record Breakers 2009|
|Dave Moorcroft Through the Years|
|Bob Smith the Successful Newham & Essex Beagles Manager August 2009|
|Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie Interviewed in London Summer 2009|
|Martyn Rooney at Croydon July 2009|
|Felix Sanchez in London 2009|
|Kerron Clement interviwed on 24th of July 2009|
|Simeon Williamson in London (July 25th, 2009)|
|Dayron Robles interviewed in London 2009|
|Irie Hill at the British Master Championships 2009|
|Roy Fowler - The Red Fox|
|John Hall - Race Walker|
|Mara Yamauchi - Outstanding British Performer in the London Marathon 2009|
|Nick Goolab - The Revelation of the UK Cross Country Season 2008/2009|
|Joyce Smith M.B.E|
|Mike Barratt The 'Evergreen' Running Legend|
|Clare Elms A Revelation of Age Athletics|
|Harry Tempan The Rennaisance Runner|
|Kermit Bentham - A man who has run over 500 one lap races in his life!|
|Andretti Bain 2008 Olympic 4x400 relay silver|
|Bernard Lagat in London July 2008|
|Usain Bolt in London|
|Charlie Williams - Outstanding Master Sprinter|
|Where Are They Now - John Greatrex|
|The Truly Remarkable Tony Bowman|
|Gerry North - The Most Consistent cross-country runner of the 60's|
|Robert Slowe - Outstanding Clubman|
|Anthony Noel - World Masters Champion|
|Andre Bucher - 2001 World 800m Champion|
|Wallace Spearmon (2006)|
|Derek Johnson (1985)|
|James Carter - USA 400m hurdles Champion 2002 and 2004|
|Dorothy Manley - Silver medalist London Olympics 1948|